Welcome to a brand new feature where we explore all things travel and comedy. The most recent trend in the travel show is to attach a comedy to it and there are so many – some serious, some spoofs, some that are the dynamics of an actual scripted comedy and others because they were one big practical joke! Travel Thursdays have just got bigger as we are now adding a comedic spin on it where we are looking at the comedian versus the travel.
Today we look at a travel show that has had a lot of success on social media, particularly YouTube. It may be predominently based in the UK, but last year they released a new season that went a bit more continental and went to a little village in Germany. Today we look at Jame’s Acaster’s Youtube show – Sweet Home Keterringa.
If you haven’t watched a lot of James Acasters stand up, then you will be unaware that he is from a town in Northamptonshire called Kettering. It is the home of Weetabix and the United Kingdoms oldest theme park. This Youtube show, produced by Turtle Canyon, shows James return to his hometown now that he is a comedian in the limelight and the fun that he gets up to and reallising that no-one remembers him.
Watch these mini episodes that were released in 2014 as he revisits some of his favourite places such as the local football club, Manor House Museum, The Carnival and the infamous Weetabix factory. The show is full of a lot of humour and is created in the style of James stand up – witty but also very unique and random.
The Youtube show proved to be very popular that it in 2015, the guys (Acaster and Stuart Law of Turtle Canyon Comedy) set up a Kickstarter to film the next installment that would see them travel to the German town of Lahnstein which Kettering is twinned with. The Kickstarter was extremely successful and lead to them raising nearly 5,000!
In May 2016, the second season called Sweet Home Lahnsteineringa aired on Youtube, with each episode launching throughout the month. The second season sees James and his production team explore this unknown place and see what excitimg things they have on offer. This show as well as a humour around visiting their sites, there is also a comedy factor between the crew as they all make guest appearances and have disagreements with James along the way that lead to entertaining watching.
This show is really worth a watch as its like nothing you have ever seen before. There is no news as to whether there will be a third season, but Kettering is also twinned with Kettering in Ohio, America so that would be entertaining to see how the Americans take to James and his humour stylings.
Here are a few episodes to tickle your fancy.
The Weetabix Factory